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Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin (

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ISBN-10: 140650551X

ISBN-13: 9781406505511

Edition: N/A

Authors: Benjamin Franklin

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Benjamin Franklin (1706 - 1790) was one of the most prominent of the Founders, early political figures and statesmen of the United States. He was noted for his curiosity, writings, ingenuity and diversity of interests. He shaped the American Revolution, despite never holding national elective office. A leader of the Enlightenment, he gained the recognition of scientists and intellectuals across Europe and the United States. As an agent in London before the Revolution, and Minister to France during, he more than anyone defined the new nation in the minds of Europe. His success in securing French military and financial aid was the turning point for American victory over Britain. Historians hail him as the "First American."
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List price: $15.99
Publisher: Dodo Press
Binding: Paperback
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

One of 17 children, Benjamin Franklin was born in Boston on January 17, 1706. He ended his formal education at the age of 10 and began working as an apprentice at a newspaper. Running away to Philadelphia at 17, he worked for a printer, later opening his own print shop. Franklin was a man of many talents and interests. As a writer, he published a colonial newspaper and the well-known Poor Richard's Almanack, which contains his famous maxims. He authored many political and economic works, such as The Way To Wealth and Journal of the Negotiations for Peace. He is responsible for many inventions, including the Franklin stove and bifocal eyeglasses. He conducted scientific experiments, proving in one of his most famous ones that lightning and electricity were the same. As a politically active citizen, he helped draft the Declaration of Independence and lobbied for the adoption of the U.S. Constitution. He also served as ambassador to France. He died in April of 1790 at the age of 84.